By Kamundia Muriithi.
Twenty needy students who are unable to join secondary schools or vocational training institutes are set to benefit from sponsorships to undertake training in hair dressing, fashion and design.
The initiative which is being spearheaded by Wanjau Technical and Vocational Training Institute, Embu aims to tap the talents of needy students, mostly orphans and the vulnerable, so as to mould them into becoming important people in the society.
The institute’s Managing Director Agnes Wawira said that they have been taking care of the students for the last five years.
She said so far the initiative has benefited over 100 students who are now driving the economy of Embu.
Wawira said that the perception of the society regarding the manual blue-collar jobs has changed since the society is now seeing it as a source of income other than a job for those who failed in their education.
“The blue-collar economy has seen even graduates train to be hairdressers and beauticians so as to boost their economic development by preparing them to start their own salons or beauty schools,” she said.
Owing to increasing requests for sponsorships, the institute has organized an event dubbed “Fashion for Charity” to showcase the various talents the county has in the fashion and design sector as they raise funds to sponsor more students in the training.
The funds raised will help to partly sponsor the 20 students who have already been shortlisted.
The event will also bring together various talents from the entertainment industry from Embu to boost the morale of other youths.
“The current economy cannot accommodate or create enough white-collar jobs. It is time the youth move from searching for in office jobs and instead seek for opportunities in the vocational sector,” she said.